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How the internet has changed the world.
Ian Kime
August 5, 2021

How the internet has changed the world.


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It’s made grocery shopping a breeze. My dad used to get lost all the time. More and more people are getting degrees online. Before the internet, people didn’t feel so anonymous…

Lots of things have changed since the advent of the internet and there are lots of ways to express those changes in English. This full CELTA-based lesson plan is all about teaching your students 6 different techniques to express change in English and why we use them. The downloadable resource comes with an interactive PDF you can use via screen-sharing and separate JPG posters to copy and paste onto a virtual whiteboard such as Jamboard. Here’s how to use it:


Tell your students about the last website you visited and why you visited it.

I visited www.eslexpertz.com in order to look for an awesome lesson plan for such an amazing group and then I downloaded the resource that we are using right now.

Then, ask them all to present the last website they visited and why.

Page 1

Share, display, print and pass out, whatever it is you need to do so that your students can see the 6 boxes on page 1. This mini activity is based on The Odd One Out, which is available at the shop. Play one box at a time or all 5 at once. Have students share their answers and justifications. If you feel like you have time, let them come up with their own Odd One Out puzzle.

Page 2

Give students some time individually or in pairs to come up with some ways the internet has changed the world for better and for worse. They can write these on a piece of paper, in the chat, or somewhere on their computer. When everybody has finished, compare answers together and come up with a definitive list of any ideas in common. This is the list you can write in the boxes on page 2.

Keep this page displayed and share the video below. Tell students the first time watching or listening to it that they need only highlight any of the ideas written on page 2 that they they hear in the video. Check with your students if they need to listen to it again for more details.

If you want or have time, ask your students which of these changes are the most important for each of them or have them rank the changes from most important to least important.

Page 3

Grammar time. On page 3 students will take sentences directly from the video and match them to the structures they use to describe changes. Then, they will match the structure with the contextual reason behind this choice of expression. Students can do this individually, in pairs, groups, whatever you want. I personally prefer to have students do this individually, so I make plenty of frames on my Jamboard and then label each one for each student. Then, they can check each other’s work after the exercise is complete.

Here you can also look at the time expressions used to talk about the past like back in the day.

Give them some time and then correct mistakes. Go through the contextual reasonings for each structure. Are there any questions as to why we would use X and not Y? You can emphasize the difference between present perfect and used to with the following example

He didn’t use to be so fat. / He has gained a lot of weight.

You can come up with your own examples, too.

I recommend now going back to page 2 with the list of changes and having students rewrite these ideas by using the different structures. They can write their answers in the chat and you can correct as they go.

Page 4

Finally it’s time for free practice. Turn to page 4 where you will see a little board game of sorts. Teams will move around the board talking about how these facets of life have changed since the advent of the internet. To make it more interesting, use an online die with each structure marked as a number. Students must move to a new bubble, roll the die and use that structure to describe a change.

The first team to describe 10 changes in a grammatically correct fashion wins.


Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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